Tuesday, December 27

The Cabaret at The Columbia Club: 2012 Season

*Press Release* 
Sam Harris
The Cabaret at The Columbia Club, located in the Crystal Terrace on the third floor of The Columbia Club,  opens its 2012 season Jan. 13 & 14. Tickets are on sale now for all 2012 performances and are open to the public.
Patrons should be advised to order tickets in advance, as The Cabaret sold to 93 percent capacity on average in 2011, with more than half of the shows selling out far in advance. Tickets may be purchased at TheCabaret.org or by calling 317-275-1169.
*Sam Harris: Broadway, Ballads & Blues
January 13 & 14, 8:00 PM
Since first amazing audiences as Star Search Grand Champion with his signature rendition of “Over the Rainbow,” SamHarris has become a Tony-nominated Broadway star (The Life, Grease, The Producers, Cabaret, Pippin, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), a multi-million selling recording artist with nine albums to his credit, and an international concert “sellout” from New York's Carnegie Hall to London's West End. Harris brings his singular interpretation and inimitable style to an eclectic collection of Broadway and Pop Classics from Hammerstein to Sondheim and U2 to Lennon. 
 Price: $45, $55, $65

** Steven Stolen: Isn’t It Romantic?
February 14, 8:00 PM            
“Indy’s favorite tenor,” Steven Stolen, performs a show sure to please the Valentine in everyone. Whether it’s a date with “A Fine Romance” or a witty “I Hate You Darling” come “Dream a Little Dream” and share a “Stolen Moment” with one of Indy’s favorite personalities and that casual elegance that has made him popular with audiences from coast to coast. (Singles welcome)
Price: $25, $35, $45

*Janis Siegel: New York Standard Time
February 24 & 25, 8:00 PM
Ever since Janis Siegel co-founded The Manhattan Transfer over three decades ago, listeners, fellow musicians and critics have marveled at her inventive phrasing and richly expressive voice. A ten-time Grammy winner, Siegel has sung lead vocals for some of the Transfer’s biggest hits, including “Operator,” “Birdland,” and “The Boy from N.Y.C.” Siegel has also sustained a solo career that has spawned more than a half dozen finely-crafted solo albums and numerous collaborative projects, amassed a large international fan base and garnered consistently high critical praise. In an age when buyers and sellers are quick to jam music and musicians into convenient boxes, Siegel has built a career on defying preconceptions and stereotypes. 
Price: $35, $45, $55

*The Puppini Sisters!
March 9 & 10, 8:00 PM 
With a unique blend of retro style, pop kitsch, and stunningly crisp vocals, UK-based vocal trio The Puppini Sisters bring ‘Andrews Sisters’ style three-part harmony into the modern age with show-stopping interpretations of everything from “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” to “I Will Survive” to Blondie’s “Heart of Glass.”  They have four albums, two of which have landed in the Top Five albums on the U.S. Jazz Charts. Their recent Christmas album, Christmas With The Puppinis, earned them a spot on NBC’s “A Michael Bublé Christmas.” With TV appearances and tours worldwide, the group has developed a large and dedicated fan base throughout Europe and in North America. **Prizes will be awarded to the best 40’s attire!
Price: $45, $55, $65
**Cynthia Layne: The Back Room, A Night at the Speakeasy
March 24, 8:00 PM

Don your flapper dress or raccoon coat and join us as we transform The Cabaret into a 1920’s speakeasy. In celebration of women’s history month, Cynthia Layne celebrates the music of prohibition’s “Jazz Age” when women got the right to vote and “flappers” flooded the speakeasies, daring to drink cocktails and dance to hot Jazz. Don’t let the law keep you from coming! The evening will include prohibition-era cocktails served in teacups and prizes for the best costumes. Don’t forget: the password “hooch” will get you in the door.
Price: $25, $35, $45

**Shannon Forsell: Songs I’ve Never Sung on Broadway 
April 20 & 21, 8:00 PM 

Managing and artistic director of The Cabaret, Shannon Forsell, graces The Cabaret’s stage once again, with “Songs I’ve Never Sung On Broadway.” Through songs from Broadway to cabaret to jazz, this show explores how we choose to live, the choices we make, and how “forks in the road” shape and define who we are.   
Price: $25, $35, $45 

*Maureen O’Flynn: At the Crossroads, In Partnership with the Indianapolis Opera
April 27, 8:00 PM
Metropolitan Opera leading lady Maureen O’Flynn, makes her Indianapolis cabaret debut with a sumptuous musical feast for the ears. Featuring classics by Kern, Porter, Sondheim, and Weill, Maureen’s versatility shines in this intimate performance. Equally comfortable on the opera stage at La Scala or the musical theater stages at the Berkshires Theatre Festival, Maureen proves to be one of the most thrilling voices to grace the worlds of opera, musical theatre and cabaret. 
Price: $35, $45, $55

*Lainie Kazan: The Chanteuse is Loose! 
May 11 & 12, 8:00 PM
Lainie shares music and stories from her long and varied career on the stage and screen.  From her start as Barbra Streisand’s Broadway understudy in Funny Girl , Lainie went on to sing in the top night clubs and on television, including 26 appearances on The Dean Martin Show, and her own variety special. On screen, she received critical acclaim for her performances in My Favorite Year and the blockbuster comedy My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  On Broadway, she received a Tony nomination for My Favorite Year, and starred in The Government Inspector, The Exonerated, and The Vagina Monologues. Audiences may also recognize her for her television roles on Will & Grace, The Nanny, Ugly Betty, and Desperate Housewives.
Price: $45, $55, $65

*Stacey Kent: Dreamer

June 7 & 8, 8:00 PM 

Grammy nominated songstress, Stacy Kent ‘s ability to tell a story, capture an emotion, a mood, hone it and share it like a secret with her audience are qualities that make her so special and enable her to sell out concert halls, jazz clubs, and cabarets around the world.  The evening will feature tunes from her recent Blue Note release Dreamer in Concert, along with songs from her critically acclaimed musical career spanning eight best-selling albums.
Price: $35, $45, $55
Linda Eder

*An Intimate Evening with Linda Eder
June 22 & 23, 8:00 PM

June 23, 2:00 PM 

With a career spanning over two decades and accolades as “one of the greatest contemporary solo voices of our time,” vocal sensation Linda Eder brings her one-woman show to The Cabaret for a rare and intimate performance. Linda rose to stardom after an impressive 12-week run on Star Search followed by an award winning Broadway performance in Jekyll and Hyde. Since then, Linda has performed for packed concert venues across the country and recorded nine solo albums. With her extravagant vocal gifts and stage presence, Linda proves she is a vocal force not to miss!
Price: $75, $100, $125

*Tom Wopat: Love Swings
Tom Wopat
July 13 & 14, 8:00 PM
Tom Wopat first came to public attention as Luke Duke on the original TV series The Dukes of Hazard, but it wasn’t long before his classically trained vocals whisked him away from car smashes and corny humor to the bright lights of Broadway (Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, The Pajama Game, Guys & Dolls, Catch Me if You Can). With an expansive repertoire featuring music from Hollywood to Broadway, the Tony-nominated star’s show will feature musical favorites from Frank Sinatra and The Beatles to Judy Garland.
Price: $45, $55, $65

*Melinda Doolittle: Love 101

July 27 & 28, 8:00 PM

Former “American Idol“ contestant, Melinda Doolittle’s show is sure to be very cabaret, and, with all due respect to Simon Cowell, she’s not about to apologize for it!  After two critically acclaimed runs at Feinstein’s, Melinda brings her show featuring Jazz standards, pop hits, Broadway classics and songs from her recent CD to The Cabaret. She got her start as a backup singer for, to name a few, Michael McDonald, Aretha Franklin, Alabama, Bebe and CeCe Winans and Aaron Neville. Since her time in the spotlight, Melinda has wowed audiences with her ‘big voice’ and ‘soulful’ performances, from the White House to the Kennedy Center to Carnegie Hall.
Price: $35, $45, $55

*Carol Woods: Singin’ the Blues on Broadway
August 10 & 11, 8:00 PM       
Whether singing the Blues, gospel or standards, Broadway star Carol Woods is at home on stages around the world. While Broadway is her musical home (Chicago, One Mo’ Time, Smokey Joe’s Café, Stepping Out, The Goodbye Girl, Grind, Big River, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas), Carol has also performed at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops, in the movie The Honeymooners opposite Cedric The Entertainer, on London’s West End (One Mo Time, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Blues In the Night) and in cabaret venues around the world. 
Price: $35, $45, $55

*Karen Mason: Show Queen, A Broadway Songbook
August 24 & 25, 8:00 PM 
Whether she is lighting up the stage in a hit Broadway musical or amazing audiences with her critically-acclaimed cabaret performances and concerts, Karen Mason is a showstopper.  In this performance, Karen shares songs from her vast Broadway career including her starring roles in Mamma Mia, Hairspray, Sunset Boulevard, and Wonderland.  Karen is also a ten-time MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets) award winner, winning the Major Female Vocalist of the year for six consecutive years.
Price: $35, $45, $55
*Annual Cabaret Fundraiser
Laura Benanti: Let Me Entertain You

September 29, 8:00 PM

Laura Benanti
This irresistible star of Broadway, TV, and film shares a saucy evening with her favorite stories and songs. Laura has taken Broadway by storm, earning the Tony Award for her portrayal of Louise/Gypsy Rose Lee, starring opposite Patti Lupone in Gypsy. Other Broadway credits include Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Swing!, Into the Woods opposite Vanessa Williams, Nine opposite Antonio Banderas, and The Sound of Music. She has performed her cabaret in top venues around the country, including Lincoln Center and The Kennedy Center’s “Spotlight” series, curated by cabaret legend Barbara Cook.  *The evening will include a silent auction, heavy hors d’oeuvres, wine tasting, and a champagne and dessert reception following the performance.
Price: Individual $150, Table Sponsor $1,000, **Corporate Table Sponsorships available 

*Gavin Creel: Live, Out Loud

October 12 & 13, 8:00 PM

Tony nominated Broadway star and singer/songwriter, Gavin Creel has a unique sound that blends his love for both pop and musical theatre. Performing songs from his already vast Broadway career (Hair, La Cage aux Folles, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mary Poppins) and his contemporary originals, Gavin showcases his extensive musical talent. In tandem with his success as an actor, Creel has garnered an organic mainstream following as a singer/songwriter, playing to sold-out crowds from New York to London. 
 Price: $35, $45, $55

*Todd Murray: Croon
November 2 & 3, 8:00 PM
Before the age of electrified amplification, songs had to be sung loudly in order to be heard.  The introduction of the microphone introduced a new, intimate style of performing which became known as crooning. Todd Murray follows the history of crooning, beginning in the 1920’s through today.  With lush popular ballads, swing, Latin beat, all with lyricists such as Berlin, Porter, Lerner/Lowe, Hal David, and Leonard Cohen, Murray demonstrates that all popular music has its roots in crooning.
Price: $35, $45, $55 

*Victoria Clark: Glorious Days

November 16 & 17, 8:00 PM

A favorite among audiences and critics alike, Tony Award-winning Broadway star Victoria Clark brings her one-woman show to Indianapolis. The show will feature standards from the Great American Songbook alongside material from lesser-known composers and music from her Broadway career (The Light in the Piazza, The Grapes of Wrath, Sister Act: The Musical, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Cabaret, Urinetown, Titanic, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Bye Bye Birdie, Grand Night for Singing). The New York Times says Clark, in her Piazza, role gave “hands down the best musical performance by any actress this season.” This is sure to be one show you won’t want to miss!
Price: $35, $45, $55 
Shannon Forsell
*Martinis & Mistletoe, featuring Everett Greene, Shannon Forsell & The Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra
December 13, 14 & 15, 7:30 PM

December 15, 2:30 PM

Start with the rich sounds of jazz vocalist Everett Greene (compared by many to Barry White, James Earl Jones and Darth Vader); add the sultry, smooth vocals of local diva, Shannon Forsell; stir in the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Orchestra with their lush, sophisticated arrangements; toss in holiday classics such as “The Christmas Song,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” along with a dab of instrumentals from the infamous TV cartoon special A Charlie Brown Christmas; add a few other holiday gems and voilà – the perfect evening to warm you up on a cold winter’s night!

Price: $35, $45, $55

*** Check back at GottaGo.us throughout the season for review of performances ***
  *The Signature Series, features the finest national and international cabaret performers.
**Club Series showcases the wealth of Central Indiana’s seasoned local performers.

Location: The Cabaret at the Columbia Club, 121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Parking:   $10 valet parking for cabaret patrons.
The Cabaret is a professional, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The mission of The Cabaret is to elevate the cabaret art form; attract, develop and retain high-quality local performance talent; and provide a unique and important contribution to the city’s artistic and cultural life.

Photos: Furnished by The Cabaret Club

Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer, performing arts and restaurant critic. Catch her as Indy’s Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC, and follow her on Twitter @GottaGo and Facebook. Gotta Go is published in M magazine and the following newspapers: South Sider Voice, Indiana Weekender, New Palestine Reporter, Pendleton Times Reporter and Fortville-McCordsville Reporter.

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